Puzzle games are a great addition to a family’s game collection. I love puzzle-type games because they are fun, challenging, and educational, all at the same time. Sometimes they can be frustrating, but that is not necessarily bad. Here, I would like to share why puzzle games are great for both you and your child.
The puzzle game, as the name implies, is a type of game that requires putting together pieces to form a whole. Other types of games that are similar include maze games, board games, and social games. All of these games are considered entertainment, either for solo play, or social play. Math, logic, pictures, shapes, and words are commonly involved in these games. So it goes without saying that these skills will be developed when engaging in such games.
As a father of two boys, I am constantly looking for ways to help me kids develop better skills, all while having fun doing it. For example, when my first son was only 2 years old, I played jigsaw puzzles with him. With time and practice, I could see how doing the puzzles helped my son develop his motor skills and intellect. He also talked about the puzzles and the pictures, which helped with his social skills. As he grew older, I introduced new and challenging puzzle games for him. One such game is the Perplexus Epic maze ball, which I will go into detail in another post.
I have found that there are basic skills that games help develop in kids:
- Physical skills – holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit. Hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills for large objects, and fine motor skills for small objects.
- Cognitive skills – problem solving to piece together the puzzle. These include shape recognition, memory, problem-solving, and understanding the surrounding world.
- Emotional skills – they learn to deal with frustration and develop patience, and are rewarded after completion of the puzzle. Kids learn about setting goals as well.
- Social skills – their social skills are developed when they are playing interactive-styled games. They learn to communicate what they are seeing and doing, and some games even help develop teamwork.
These skills not only help your child, but the adult as well. I have found that when I play games with my kids, I develop a lot of patience. At the beginning, I would get frustrated with them and expected them to learn things faster. But I learned to remain calm and to help them with the puzzles, being careful to make it more of a game rather than a chore. Some puzzles were a little challenging at first, but quickly became boring. Certain games, such as the Perplexus puzzle ball, are challenging even for adults. Having fun challenges on a regular basis helps both me and my child to develop in many ways, as described earlier.
Some benefits for adults include:
- relieves stress
- delay memory-relate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia
- become more productive at work
- if playing social games – meet new people or get to know people better
Lastly, I find that playing puzzle games on a tablet is not the same as having an actual physical puzzle. Many of the skills are not developed as fully as is possible with actual objects. I noticed this with my son, especially with puzzle games. He would be able to do puzzles on his iPad really fast, but struggle with real puzzle pieces. But with more time spent on physical puzzles, his fine motor skills caught up, and he was able to complete the games in about the same time.
Puzzle games are both fun and challenging. They provide hours of fun for both kids and adults. If you do not regularly play puzzle games, I hope this post inspires you to start today!